Synopsis In the studios of CinecittÃ , the director Alessandro Blasetti is doing screen tests in order to find a young girl for his next film. Among the many mothers bringing in their young daughters there is also Maddalena Cecconi, a woman from Rome's lower classes who dreams of seeing her baby, Maria, become a star. Against the wishes of her husband Spartaco, Maddalena exploits every opportunity to realize her hopes: she enrols Maria in a dance and acting course, pays for the photographer... Topics: Bellissima (1951), Luchino Visconti
Synopsis Luchino Viscontiâs 1954 film about the affair between an Italian countess (Alida Valli) with partisan sympathies and an Austrian officer from the occupying army (Farley Granger), set during Garibaldiâs war of independence in the 1860s, is one of the most extraordinary historical films ever made. ************* Rarely have the dramas of history and romantic passion been so skillfully and compellingly intertwined. It also marks one of the mediumâs most creative uses of color. Visconti... Topics: Livia - Senso (1954), Luchino Visconti
Synopsis Based on a novel by Thomas Mann, Death in Venice stars Dirk Bogarde as a German composer who is terrified that he has lost all vestiges of humanity. While visiting Venice, Bogarde falls in love with a beautiful young boy (Bjorn Andresen). The relationship is ruined by Bogardeâs obsession with the boyâs youth and physical perfection; the composer realizes that the child represents an ideal that he can never match. The character played by Dirk Bogarde is evidently intended to be Gustav... Topics: Death in Venice - Morte a Venezia (1971), Luchino Visconti
Synopsis The power and fortune of the Von Essenbeck family remained intact even when Germany lost the great war and during the depression that followed. Now itâs 1934 and the baron has summoned his family to a dinner that also brings a cousin rising in the Nazi party to the great house accompanied by a rising manager at the baronâs company. Two little girls recite poetry in the parlor and then play hide-and-seek with their cousin Martin. Suddenly there is a scream. The baron has been shot... Topics: The Damned - La caduta degli dei (1969), Luchino Visconti
Synopsis After a farewell party, Sandra Dawson and her American husband Andrew travel to her hometown in the province of Volterra for a homage of the locals to her father, a prominent scientist that died in the concentration camp of Auschwitz. The couple is welcomed by the maid Fosca, and Andrew becomes fascinated with the house. Sandra has issues with her stepfather Pietro Formari and her insane mother and misses her brother Gianni Wald-Luzzati, who is an aspirant writer. When Gianni appears... Topics: Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa.. - Sandra (1965), Luchino Visconti
byVittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Mario Monicelli
Synopsis Marcello Mastroianni, as a lonely city transplant, and Maria Schell, as a sheltered girl haunted by a loverâs promise, meet by chance on a canal bridge and begin a tentative romance that quickly entangles them in a web of longing and self-delusion. Luchino Viscontiâs Le notti bianche, an exquisite adaptation of Dostoyevskyâs âWhite Nights,â translates this romantic, shattering tale of two restless souls into a ravishing black-and-white dream. âThe Criterion Collection Cast:... Topics: White Nights - Le notti bianche (1957), Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Federico Fellini, Mario...
Back after a four-week lay-off due to his radio station relocating to the Science Museum in Kensington, Ben Watson's radio show Late Lunch With Out To Lunch continues to continue ... with very special guest Jim MacDougall ... and an appearance by Gustav Mahler ... Long Live the AMM!! Topics: Late Lunch With Out To Lunch, Ben Watson, The Jim Tapes, audio esemplasm, ResonanceFM, Muddy...
Instructor: Prof. Irving Singer This course is a seminar on the philosophical analysis of film art, with an emphasis on the ways in which it creates meaning through techniques that define a formal structure. There is a particular focus on aesthetic problems about appearance and reality, literary and visual effects, communication and alienation through film technology. View the complete course: http://ocw.mit.edu/24-213F04 Topics: Philosophy, seminar, analysis, film, art, meaning, formal structure, aesthetic, problems,...